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NASA’s New Asteroid Impact Monitoring System Comes Online

An asteroid striking Earth is a genuine possibility. There are tens of thousands of asteroids classified as Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs),…

12 months ago

The Lunar Gateway Will be in a “Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit”

After months of discussion, the space agencies behind the Lunar Gateway have decided how the space station will orbit the…

3 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 409: Spin in the Solar System

The Solar System is a spinny place. Everything’s turning turning. But if you look closely, there are some pretty strange…

7 years ago

This is a Scale Model of the Solar System Like You’ve Never Seen Before

We've all seen illustrations of the Solar System. They're in our school textbooks, on posters, on websites, on t-shirts... in…

7 years ago

How Long Does It Take to Get to Pluto?

It's a long way out to the dwarf planet Pluto. So, just how fast could we get there? Pluto, the…

8 years ago

Could There Be Another Planet Behind the Sun?

If you've read your share of sci-fi, and I know you have, you've read stories about another Earth-sized planet orbiting…

8 years ago

Is Our Solar System Weird?

Is our Solar System normal? Or is it weird? How does the Solar System fit within the strange star systems…

8 years ago

Here’s the Latest Kepler Orrery Video: the Orbits of the Planets Go ‘Round and ‘Round

If you've ever wanted to know what 3,538 exoplanets look like spinning around their stars, here you go! This is…

9 years ago

Podcast: Orbit

When an object is orbiting the Earth, it’s really falling. The trick, described in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,…

10 years ago

The Flip Side of Exoplanet Orbits

[/caption] It was once thought that our planet was part of a "typical" solar system. Inner rocky worlds, outlying gas…

12 years ago